Sutter Health|Aetna adds Stanford Health Care to network

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The joint venture between provider and payer, which launched last year, has grown to about 50 plan sponsors across 15 counties.

Sutter Health|Aetna has added Stanford Health Care to its network of providers.

Sutter Health|Aetna is the joint venture launched last year between the Sacramento, California-based health system and the national insurer. It offers self-insured preferred provider organization health plans to businesses in the Northern California area.

It has grown to about 50 plan sponsors across 15 counties.

WHY THIS MATTERS

This represents another expanded partnership between a provider and payer, though this is in the commercial space.

Other recent partnerships, such as the one announced between Duke Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, have capitalized on the Medicare Advantage market.

Stanford Health Care recently launched a Medicare Advantage plan with Lumeris called the Stanford Health Care Advantage, in northern California.

The partnerships allow providers and insurers to expand their reach and get access to population health data to lower costs and improve outcomes.
The addition of Stanford Health Care gives Sutter Health|Aetna’s network members in Northern California access to the network’s more than 1,500 specialists and nearly 200 primary care physicians throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

THE TREND

With the addition of Stanford Health Care, the Sutter Health|Aetna joint venture features two nationally recognized healthcare systems and access to a Northern California network that includes 33 hospitals, more than 1,700 primary care physicians, more than 9,400 specialists, 74 urgent care locations and 25 walk-in clinics.

ON THE RECORD

“The inclusion of Stanford Health Care, with its physicians from across Stanford Medicine, to our high-quality network will not only expand the provider network for our plan sponsors and members, but also provide access to another highly ranked health care system,” said Steve Wigginton, CEO of Sutter Health|Aetna. “This addition will help us in our goal to create a unique offering for Northern California employers and their employees centered around a superior consumer experience and market-leading value.”

 

 

Battle heats up between Stanford Health Care, union over hospital charge initiative

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/human-capital-and-risk/battle-heats-up-between-stanford-health-care-union-over-care-cost-initiative.html?origin=bhre&utm_source=bhre

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Stanford (Calif.) Health Care and an employees union are disputing over a November ballot initiative to place a 15 percent cap on hospital charges in Palo Alto, Calif., The Stanford Daily reported.

Seven things to know:

1. The ballot initiative, initially filed in May, would place a 15 percent cap on the amount Palo Alto-based hospitals can charge in excess of direct patient care costs. Hospitals, medical clinics and other providers in Palo Alto would have to refund payers for charges exceeding the 15 percent cap within 180 days of each fiscal year.

2. The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West sponsored the measure. It represents healthcare workers at Stanford Health Care — which has a main campus in Palo Alto.

3. Stanford University announced its opposition to the measure in a Sept. 28 statement.

The measure “would threaten Stanford Health Care’s ability to provide top-quality healthcare to patients from Palo Alto and across the region,” officials said.

“Such a policy is estimated to reduce Stanford Health Care’s budget by 25 percent, requiring significant cutbacks and the possible closure of many services and programs that are essential to high-quality healthcare in the local area.”

4. Union spokesperson Sean Wherley argued the measure will provide accountability for local healthcare providers and the city, according to the report.

“This is about transparency [and] letting people understand how much [they] are being charged, and why [they] are being charged so much more than the clinic down the street or in the neighboring community,” he told The Stanford Daily. “This is our chance as an organization to get healthcare costs under control.”

5. The union has also taken issue with Stanford Health Care’s profits, but the system said these are necessary resources to maintain its specialists, facilities and community benefit program, and that the system invests all its profit margin.

6. Palo Alto City Council members voted this summer to oppose the measure. According to the report, they attributed the decision to not having adequate bureaucratic infrastructure to regulate healthcare charges from local providers.

7. As of Oct. 3, the political action committee of the union and the opposition committee — Protect Our Local Hospitals and Health Care — had spent a combined $1.8 million on the measure.

 

Stanford Health Care’s operating income more than doubles in Q1

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Stanford (Calif.) Health Care saw revenues and operating income rise in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, which ended Nov. 30, 2017, according to recently released bondholder documents.

The health system reported revenues of $1.16 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, up from revenues of $1.07 billion in the same period of the year prior. The system’s net patient revenue and premium revenue climbed 6 percent and 12 percent year over year, respectively.

Stanford Health Care kept expenses in check in the first quarter of this fiscal year. The system reported operating expenses of $1.08 billion, up 3.7 percent from the same period a year earlier.

The system ended the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 with operating income of $74.3 million, more than double the operating income of $28 million it reported in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Stanford Health Care is part of Stanford Medicine, which also includes the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Children’s Health.